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rylesmcgyles

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I was recently diagnosed with ADHD (20years old) and I’m learning just how much it affects my daily life. For instance, I have very serious sensory issues that relate to loud noises, crowds, physical touch, texture with foods, etc. And while I’ve had these issues since I was a kid, I didn’t know they were tied to my ADHD until recently. Lately, they’ve been getting extremely worse, causing me to lash out at those closest to me. Does anyone have any advice on how to handle sensory overload?

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    • rylesmcgyles

      617d

      @Adalia thank you so much for the tips, being able to communicate when my sensory overload sets in is what i’m trying to work on most!

    • Adalia

      634d

      hi! i was recently diagnosed with ADHD and what i have found helps me the most ( with sensory stuff, i mean ) is finding a way to communicate with whoever you are with so that you can tell them, whether verbally or nonverbally, how are feeling and figuring out what would best help you. i have a system with my friend: they ask, what is overwhelming right now? then, is there anything i can do to help? then, what can you do to help yourself? also maybe have some techniques like the 5-4-3-2-1 method for anxiety/sensory stuff but focus on the pleasant stims around you, or carry sensory-safe headphones/wear sensory-safe clothes. ooh also! find a stim toy or a favourite stim that you just love, and use that to let your brain know, hey, its okay, we’re okay :)

      • rylesmcgyles

        617d

        @Adalia thank you so much for the tips, being able to communicate when my sensory overload sets in is what i’m trying to work on most!

      • Cricket01

        634d

        @Adalia I love the 5-4-3-2-1 method!! I always forget to use it during panic attacks but its really good for just general anxiety as I go through my day :)

    • witchywitch

      634d

      I can relate to that on a smaller scale like when I’m trying to focus on driving and there’s music playing and someone talking to me in the passenger seat and the ac is on I just need to turn everything off for a second or else I get really stressed out and irritable

    • Cricket01

      635d

      Literally SAME! I thought it was ASD because three of my siblings have it and I also struggle with social stuff. But apparently it was a combination of ADHD and anxiety. I was just diagnosed like last month so I don’t have a ton of advice. I’m mostly here to say I relate and you’re not alone 🤗 But here are some things I do to help: I always wear my ConqueRing. It spins and clicks and I got the one with braille on it so I could feel the texture when I get overwhelmed. I always carry Loop earbuds in a little case attached to my keychain to put in my ears when the sound is too much. I often wear sunglasses and/or a hat with a brim for the light. Staring at a corner is a good way to ground you. It’s very stabilizing and can bring you back to reality when you’re freaking out. Doodling or scribbling is amazing. When I’m mad and want to lash out, I break crayons and scribble as hard as possible then crumple and tear it out and then rearrange it into a beautiful mosaic. That way, you are not bottling out aggressive energy and not taking it out on family/friends. Then you make the anger or frustration into something beautiful.

      • rylesmcgyles

        634d

        @Cricket01 i’ve also been considering a possible ASD diagnosis, but it’s hard to tell because ADHD and ASD have so many similar symptoms and they can also overlap, so i also wonder if it’s just my ADHD and anxiety. again, it’s just nice to know there are others who feel the same things and understand. thanks for responding :)

        • Cricket01

          634d

          @rylesmcgyles right, it’s so hard to tell if I actually have ASD or if it’s a combination of my ADHD and anxiety. I was not impressed with psychologist who did my testing because she basically told me that I don’t have it since I make eye contact (it was over Zoom??) and I talked about having friends (autistic people have friends🙄) so yeah I still have no idea because I don’t trust her judgement but getting my other diagnoses have really helped me as I learn to know myself better. I’m glad to hear that the tips may help and I hope you get better every day 🤗

      • rylesmcgyles

        634d

        @Cricket01 thank you! it is nice to know others understand how i feel! and those were helpful tips i’ll have to remember!

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